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Divine stands ‘alongside the premium chocolate big players’ as it breaks into mainstream US retail

Divine Chocolate breaks into mainstream US retail

UK Fairtrade candy maker Divine Chocolate has secured distribution deals with US supermarket chains Kroger, Meijer, Roundy’s and Ahold and claims it is now competing with the largest US premium chocolate firms.

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EFKO grows confectionery fat sales as multinationals make gains in Russia

Fats and oils supplier EFKO has reported sales growth for its confectionery fats division in H1 as multinational confectioners post sales gains in Russia.

Hershey settles pot candy case

Hershey has agreed a settlement with Colorado-based firm TinctureBelle, which it had accused of passing off cannabis-infused candies such as Hashees Peanut Butter Cups as Hershey products.

United Biscuits to roll out waste cooking oil for lorries

United Biscuits (UB) has developed a sustainability initiative by using waste cooking oil to power 12 of its lorries and plans to roll out the project further across the business.

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Organic vegetables may help reduce pre-eclampsia risk: Research from FoodNavigator.com

Pregnant women who eat organic vegetables regularly may face a lower risk of pregnancy complication pre-eclampsia than those who don’t, according to a Norwegian study.

Partnership with 3Dom Filaments marks first step into 3D printing industry

Biome Bioplastics creates biodegradeable plastic with higher 3D print speeds from FoodProductionDaily.com

Biome Bioplastics has launched Biome3D, a biodegradable plastic made from plant starches for the 3D printing industry.

Packing nutritional punch: Weetabix calls out low salt, fat and sugar front-of-pack from BakeryAndSnacks.com

Weetabix has redesigned its pack to draw attention to the cereal's nutritional value in a crowded marketplace, its senior brand manager says. 

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FIC regulation: When is nutrition labelling mandatory? from FoodNavigator.com

The Provision of Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIC) is fast approaching the key date in December 2014, after which the majority of its provisions start to take effect. In this guest article, Campden BRI expert Steve Spice addresses some of the most common questions about nutrition labelling.

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Chocolate multinationals 'enabling enslavement' on cocoa farms: Oxfam

Chocolate multinationals 'enabling enslavement' on cocoa farms: Oxfam

Multinational chocolate companies are reaping billions in profits by keeping labor costs low, allowing human rights abuses...

Nicaragua cocoa market potential
Origins: Cocoa’s coming home

Nicaragua: A future fine flavor cocoa origin, but work needed

Nicaragua holds potential as a future fine flavor cocoa origin as farmers shift from coffee to cocoa,...

Jiashili Group $48m public offering
China

Chinese biscuit maker Jiashili in $48m IPO

China’s sixth largest biscuit firm Jiashili Group has successfully listed on Hong Kong stock exchange and aims...

Rajhans Group launches Schmitten premium chocolate in India
India

Newcomer Rajhans (Desai-Jain) Group eyes leadership in Indian luxury chocolate market

Rajhans (Desai-Jain) Group has made its first foray into the confectionery industry by launching its Schmitten brand in...

Hershey palm oil pledge updated

One step closer: Hershey ‘goes beyond RSPO’ in fresh palm oil pledge

Hershey has developed a palm oil sourcing policy that it claims goes further than its previous Roundtable...

Rural India chocolate market set for growth
New Horizons

Untapped potential for chocolate makers in rural India, says ValueNotes

Chocolate makers are circling the rural Indian market as it is where the majority of consumers reside...

Nestlé inkjet printing patent for Smarties
Patent Watch

Nestlé develops inkjet printing using only ‘kitchen cupboard’ ingredients

Nestlé’s R&D arm Nestec has filed a patent for inkjet printing on panned confections such as Smarties...

Mondelēz Hungary $50m plant expansion

Mondelēz consolidates global choco-bakery production in Hungary

Mondelēz has opened three production lines at its plant in Hungary to consolidate global production of Milka...

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